Speeches

Aboriginal Veterans Commemorative Service

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (17:55): I rise to commend this private members' motion which acknowledges the contribution and sacrifice of Aboriginal servicemen and women and to reflect the support for the motion by the Liberal joint party room. As many will know, Reconciliation SA is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the movement for reconciliation at a state level. That body was formed in 2002.

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South Para Reservoir

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:47): I move: That this council—

  1. Acknowledges the 60th anniversary of the South Para Reservoir, which is the most recent and largest of the reservoirs in the South Para system;
  2. Highlights the importance of water storage to supply urban and industrial areas;
  3. Takes note of the 60th anniversary to be celebrated with a book launch, bus tours and barbecue to be held at the Senior Citizens/RSL Hall, Williamstown, on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2018 from 11am;
  4. Recognises the enormous contribution to the construction of the reservoir by migrants from other countries and the community feeling, which quickly developed amongst the families which lived on site; and
  5. Acknowledges the work of the organising committee and the sponsors of the event SA Water, Williamstown Hotel, Williamstown Post Office and Smith Bros.
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R U OK? Day

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:37): I rise today to speak about the World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day that will be commemorated next week. I am very pleased to commend a number of activities that are happening around the state on both of those days but also I think on the weekend preceding them and throughout the week. Obviously, World Suicide Prevention Day is always on 10 September, so that will be next Monday, and R U OK? Day is held on 13 September.

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Suicide Prevention

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:30): Last week was a great week for the suicide prevention sector, not only in South Australia but across the nation. The national suicide prevention conference, conducted by Suicide Prevention Australia, was held not very far from here in the Adelaide Convention Centre, attended by over 600 delegates from around Australia and some from overseas. It was a terrific gathering of people from a wide range of organisations, from universities right through to volunteer suicide prevention networks, that have a passion for suicide prevention and the advancement of awareness about suicide throughout all aspects of our community.

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Suicide Prevention

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:44): I rise to speak about the excellent suicide prevention Network of Networks event held at the Whyalla Golf Club on 28 June. As the Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention, I was pleased to make the opening remarks and speak at the conclusion as well. It was great to see representatives of networks based at Cleve, Kimba, Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, Lower Eyre Peninsula and Whyalla, in addition to many other related organisations.

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Steve Condous

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:35): I rise to associate myself with the comments made by the Hon. Mr Lucas on behalf of Liberal members, and I do so as the only other current Liberal member in the parliament to have served with Mr Condous. I well remember his contributions in the joint party room, some of which were highlighted by my leader a few moments ago.

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Housing Legal Clinic

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:53): I rise to speak on behalf of government members in relation to this motion. The Housing Legal Clinic operates under the Welfare Rights Centre (WRC) and provides pro bono legal services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Services are provided across metropolitan and regional South Australia. The WRC is a community legal service, providing free legal advice and assistance to South Australians in tenancy and social security law.

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Address in Reply - adjourned debate on motion for adoption (cont. from 10 May 2018)

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:55): In supporting the passage of the motion to note the Governor's speech, I wish to place on record my grateful thanks to the way in which His Excellency undertakes his work across this state. He and Mrs Le visit many parts of this state, but are also very gracious hosts to many people in the community who have never had a chance to visit Government House.

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Suicide Prevention

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:41): I rise to speak briefly about some recent events that I have participated in as the Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention. On 24 May, I was pleased toattend the South-East Suicide Prevention Network of Networks Conference held at the historic Woolshed in Glencoe, which is a property very proudly owned and maintained by the National Trust.

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Bhutanese Community

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:32): Last Friday and Saturday were very big days for the Bhutanese community in South Australia and beyond. On last Friday, the second Australian Bhutanese Conference was commenced at the Adelaide Festival Centre. I was very pleased to attend the opening ceremony, where the chief guest was the Hon. Chief Justice Chris Kourakis. I was delighted that the Hon. Jing Lee was there and spoke, representing the Premier and the government of South Australia. Also in attendance at the opening ceremony were the members for Badcoe and Reynell from the other place.

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